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Live in the Classic City [Live]

Widespread PanicAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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February 2011, Athens GA


Everybody loves surprises, that feeling of not knowing what might be around the next corner -- and that’s exactly the vibe that Widespread Panic gives off every time they unleash a new album. Sometimes that means taking listeners on a nice, smooth ride, and sometimes it means making ‘em hold on tight, but either way, it means the trip is gonna be worth it.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 11, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • ASIN: B000067OYM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,258 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Action Man
2. Chilly Water
3. Pleas
4. C. Brown
5. Little Lily
6. I'm Not Alone
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. All Time Low
2. Mercy
3. Ride Me High
4. Drums
5. Time Is Free
6. Climb To Safety
See all 7 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Bear's Gone Fishin'
2. Waker
3. Dyin' Man
4. Stop & Go
5. Hatfield
6. Tall Boy
See all 9 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Those relentless road warriors Widespread Panic have brought the fruits of their 18 years of tireless labors to bear in their third live album, Live in the Classic City. Recorded in 2000 over a three-night stand in their hometown of Athens, Georgia--which proudly bears the moniker of Classic City--this thinking-man's jam band provides something for everybody as they move through a funky R&B groove and pay obeisance to the existential jazz of Sun Ra's search for the "outer nothingness" before coming back to earth to worship at the altar of their classic-rock forebears and evoking the restless spirits of the Doors, the gravity of Deep Purple, and the whimsy of the midcareer Who, all channeled through John Bell's shape-shifting voice. But Bell's voice isn't the only thing that transmogrifies through the 27 tracks collected here; these sons of Georgia not only drink deeply from the rock canon, they also conjure the same majesty that inflamed the Allman Brothers, locating a similar loose-limbed groove that makes all their guitar pyrotechnics, deep percussions, and inspired keyboard fills seem effortless, as if guided by a collective ESP. It's a grand representation of one of the most exciting live bands working today. Special guests include former R.E.M. skinbeater Bill Berry, Rolling Stones' keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Randall Bramlett, and the Allman Brothers' Derek Trucks. --Jaan Uhelszki

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a revelation, exhilaration! June 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Ok first this is an amazing product and an incredible value for the money. Let me give a little of my background. I had heard of the group but never really come across their music. I shied away because I thought with their name it was a punk or heavy metal band 2 genres I am not overly fond of. But I flipped on Austin City Limits as all good Austinites (and music fans should do) and the announcer starts of saying serving up a spicy gumbo of music....Widespread Panic. And then I sat there for the next 50 minutes in groove induced bliss.
What kind of moron was I to never have heard these guys? Well I tried to rectify my peccadillo by buying Live in the Classic City. Wow. Ok they were great on Austin City Limits and I thought a live 3 CD set....nice. And yes it is very nice. Some of the best jams I have heard on CD ever. Again, I am a widespread novice but for anyone like me who does not have any of their CDs, buy this if you at all like great classic rock music. Some of the best percussion work you will ever hear is on this, along with great guitars, drums, keyboards. The vocals? Kind of earthy, kind of mellow, not the biggest part of the performance but not bad.
And you get over 210 minutes of music. That is like 4 or 5 CDs worth of music given the average size of a release nowadays. For 20 bucks, are you kidding me? And you can dance ALL NIGHT with this or jam down the highway. And make it more then halfway from L.A. to San Francisco, how is that for value? But it is not length; this is some fine, fine music. I guess for people new to them like me they are like (from bands I know) the String Cheese incident, little feet, the grateful dead, but they are also their own wonderful 'music gumbo'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good live WsP, but "been there, heard that!" June 11, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Live in the Classic City is a great album overall, however, similar to DMB live discs, there's not much new live material on the disc (new not meaning brand new, but unheard live). If you have "Light Fuse, Get Away" the "Don't Tell the Band Bonus" (which is the first 4 tracks from the first disc here) and "Live at Oak Mountain", then you've heard much of this disc already. But remember... Widespread Panic is a jam band, so though you've heard the songs done before, they're always done a bit different! Some of the songs are wonderfully done (Little Lilly, Bear Gone Fishin', Climb to Safety). Oh, and did I mention the SPECIAL GUESTS??? Makes it all the more worthwhile!
If you're just getting into the band, I highly would reccomend this disc, as it gives you a good overview of a lot of the band's material, though the set revolves around later discs ("'Till the Medicine Takes" especially). For the veteran WsP fan, it's still a good addition to any CD collection.
Great disc, just go buy it... you know you want to!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Panic rocks hard, predictably June 19, 2002
By tod
Format:Audio CD
The release of Live at the Classic City was highly anticipated by any sane spreadhead, and it's hard to say it truly let anybody down. Panic is standing alone nowadays, being perhaps the most popular jam band not releasing troves of live discs to obsessive fans. While I would be willing to snap these up as assuredly as anyone, the decision for not producing live discs en mass is simplified with the release of Classic City and the fact it presents: Panic likes to play their hits. Their new album will present you with live versions of some of their most radio friendly tunes and mix it up only so-so. The music is incredible but the song selection hardly does it justice. Til the Medicine is especially emphasized through the performance of Dyin', Bear's, Steve, Safety, Indian, etc. while Ain't Life Grand is mysteriously ignored once again: Fishwater remaining the only released live song off the incredibe album. Bombs and Butterflies is disappointedly represented only by Tall Boy, which clearly isn't a live song to begin with. Finding I'm Not Alone and Mercy is noteworthy for the songs unpredictably concert-friendly sound, and Panic pulls off impressive versions. The previously unreleased covers are my favorite moments of the album, however, with the hopping FFF, strangely melodic Blight, climaxing in the BLAZING Ride me High (Followed by an incredible Drums)and Time is Free, and appropriately ending with LGTSOTR. I would love to be treated to more off-the-wall covers from Panics bag of tricks, but this album is not the case. Until the band pulls a "Phish" and becomes a bit more experimental, we'll continue to be spoon fed WP hits like Walkin' and Lilly; happy, yes, but never completely content. Not until I get my Jack and Gradle.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, just predictable July 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is not a bad album. Sound quality is great, the boys are playing great. Only complaint is that for many fans this is just sooo predictable. I was at the 3rd night of this run in Athens, and that night alone produced many a gem more exciting than what's offered here.
As the reviewer below stated -- until wsp pulls a phish or dead (and really unlocks the "live" vaults) this is about as good as it's gonna get.
All that said, if you are new to the band this isn't a bad start at all. Many good a tune here to get you familiar to the boy's live sound post "Medicine."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I want my Light Fuse... July 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a great sounding, quality produced album from the boys, but I find myself hitting the "skip" button on the cd player more than I would like. Where are "A of D", "E of G" and "B of D"???? These are truly Panic CLASSICS that contribute to the originality of the band, yet are sadly omitted here. There are a couple of great improvisational jams that we so look forward to at the shows, but my ears yearn for more. "Blue Indian" is included, but it sounds kind of muddled on this particular occasion. The highlight of this 3 disc set, I believe, is the "Ride Me High>Drums>Time is Free" scorcher on disc 2. All in all a great release, but a CD companion release of our beloved "Live at Oak Mountain" DVD would be more appreciated at this point. It has more of the tight jams and deep covers that make us love our boys. Until then, I guess I'll still wear out my copy of "Light Fuse."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best?
I read a review that said this album is on of the 10 greatest live albums ever. I can name 10 WSP live albums that are better. This a great album. Not their best though.
Published 16 months ago by whiteowl
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Panic CD ever
Just got this for Christmas, have been a Panic fan since early days in Athens/Macon, this album is excellent, recording is well done and music flows. Read more
Published on January 3, 2012 by Christopher Colhard
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD
All I have to say is the Climb To Safety with Derek Trucks is one of the best jams I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. It is rockin'. BUY THIS SET!!
Published on January 12, 2008 by John O. Marentette
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for the cities.
This was my first experience with Widespread Panic, besides a song I enjoyed named Tall Boy. That led me to purchase this 3 cd set, and I will never regret it. Read more
Published on August 1, 2007 by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Great initiation for the unexposed!!!
A friend of mine invited me to see Widespread at a show in Milwaukee. Having heard OF them... but never having actually HEARD anything by them, I thought I should pick up... Read more
Published on March 30, 2006 by D. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Jamming
This jams, WSP is the number one Jam band in the world right now, no band can match the awsome magic that is produced here. The Grateful Dead, Phish are gone but not forgotten. Read more
Published on September 6, 2005 by Vault Productions
1.0 out of 5 stars "Phish for Dummies"
Again I've heard this album due to the insistence by my friends who are now to cool for Phish (becase everyone else is doin' it)and I find their songs all sound the same boring... Read more
Published on May 11, 2005 by Tonto X
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 60 Minutes Of Widespread Panic, Ever!
The middle portion of disc 2 is the best stuff that Widespread Panic has ever done. It features several guest musicians and takes Widespread Panic in new directions. Col. Read more
Published on January 13, 2004 by kireviewer
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid album for beginner or veteran
Well, I have about 100 panic shows and all their commercial stuff, so I'm not real excited about the song selection or special guests (although these are solid), but the production... Read more
Published on October 21, 2003 by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I love them, but this...?
This release really tears me up inside. Let me explain...
I was taking classes in Rome in the summer of 2002 when the song list was announced for this live release. Read more
Published on July 17, 2003 by P. Cook
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